The Beatles Top the Charts

By | Apr 4, 2012

It was 1964 and it seemed that everything, at least in music, revolved around the Beatles. They had hit the United States with a two year abundance of hits from England and on the Billboard Top 40 chart of April 3, 1964 their songs occupied the top 5 slots, a feat that had never occurred before or since.

The songs were “Can’t Buy Me Love”, “Twist and Shout”, “She Loves You”, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, and “Please Please Me”.

But this wasn’t all since seven of their other songs was also on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart during this same period. They were: “I Saw Her Standing There”, “You Can’t Do That”, “All My Loving”, “Roll Over Beethoven”, “From Me To You”, “Do You Want To Know A Secret”, and “Thank You Girl”.

Other than “Twist and Shout” written by Phil Medley and Bert Russell and Chuck Berry’s “Roll Over Beethoven” all of these songs were written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. “Twist and Shout” was the only song covered by the Beatles to become a million selling single of theirs.

The Beatles actually held the Top 4 spots in the previous week. The newcomer was “Can’t Buy Me Love”, which entered the top spot from Number 27. The Top 4 were “She Loves You”, “I Want to Hold Your Hand”, “Twist and Shout”, and “Please Please Me”.

What was the top song not done by the Beatles on the April 3rd chart? That would be “Suspicion” by Terry Stafford.


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